ANDREA ROMANOVoice Director 8-time Emmy Winner Bio
ANDREA ROMANOVoice Director
8-time Emmy Winner
ANDREA ROMANO holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She taught Theatre History at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she was also a member of the Graduate Program in Acting. In Los Angeles, Andrea worked at Abrams-Rubaloff Talent Agency where she began as an assistant and was franchised as a voice over talent agent in 1981. She then moved to Special Artists Agency where she opened their voice over department.
ANDREA has been casting and directing voices for over 30 years. Her credits include a 5 1/2 year stint as casting director at Hanna Barbera, directing Disney’s original DUCK TALES, RESCUE RANGERS and some seasons of WINNIE THE POOH, many of Universal’s LAND BEFORE TIME home videos, Warner Bros. STEVEN SPEILBERG PRESENTS TINY TOON ADVENTURES, ANIMANIACS, PINKY AND THE BRAIN, as well as BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPERMAN, BATMAN BEYOND, TEEN TITANS, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED. Also for Warner Bros., Andrea directed 25+ direct to video films in conjunction with DC Comics and Warner Home Video. Her other credits include 3 seasons of “THE BOONDOCKS” for Sony, and “AVATAR, THE LAST AIRBENDER”, “THE LEGEND OF KORRA”, “EL TIGRE”, AND “SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS” for Nickelodeon. Most recently completed directing “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES” for Nickelodeon, “VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER”” and “PUSS IN BOOTS” for Dreamworks/Netflix, “NIKO AND THE SWORD OF LIGHT” for Titmouse Studios and Amazon.
This eight-time Emmy award winning director has also directed several animated features, many video games and ‘talking toy’ projects as well as numerous commercials, promos and internet projects.
Andrea retired in September of 2017, but does continue to appear at various Comic Cons. She is currently traveling, writing her memoirs and sometimes can be found directing the occasional special project.
JEFFREY KAFERAudiobook Narrator Bio
JEFFREY KAFERAudiobook Narrator
Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator and consultant. He has narrated over 600 audiobooks in almost every genre for such authors as Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Tom Clancy and many others. He runs a full-service audiobook production company at HighGravityProductions.com. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog. Visit him at http://audible.com/jeffreykafer
ADENRELE OJONarrator/Actor Bio
Adenrele Ojo is a wearer of many creative hats: actress, voice-over artist, producer and photographer. She honed her skills as an actor at the William Esper Studio in NY studying Meisner under the auspices of Maggie Flanigan. No stranger to the stage, a few of her Theater credits include: August Wilson’s Jitney (NJPAC); Bronzeville (Robey Theatre Co.); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (nominated for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actress) and The Ballad of Emmett Till (winner of the 2010 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award & the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble) both at The Fountain Theatre. As well as the Fountain’s production of CITIZEN: An American Lyricperformed at Grand Park. Film: Within; Family, the currently released ELEVATE. Ojo’s voice can also be heard on many audiobooks, of which she has been recording for over 12 years. She has received a couple AUDIE and several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Some of her works include: Mikal Gilmore’s, The Queen, Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, The Mothers by Brit Bennett (AudioFile Best of 2016 Fiction), Do What Feels Good by Hannah Bronfman, Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, The Healing by Jonathan Odell, Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott and Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan. When she is not recording, you can sometimes find her directing authors, celebrity actors and other audiobook narrators.
Robin Atkin DownesVoice Actor/ Live Action Star Bio
Robin Atkin DownesVoice Actor/ Live Action Star
Robin Atkin Downes’ live action appearances began with The enigmatic character Byron from Babylon 5…He recently portrayed The Master on Guillermo Del Toro’s cult hit “The Strain,” which ran for four seasons on FX. Other television credits include series regular, recurring and guest starring roles on many top network shows including “The Orville”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, “Entourage”, and “CSI Miami.
He has worked on many blockbuster feature films recently such as “ Solo”, “The Last Jedi”, “Incredibles 2”, “Rogue One”, “The Conjuring 2”, “Batman Vs Superman”, “Suicide Squad”, “Transformers 2 Revenge of The Fallen”, “How To Train Your Dragon”, and “Pirates of The Caribbean”, among many others…
Mr Downes’ Voice Over work is impressive working in the highest grossing video games in the industry….In the past Mr Downes appeared in roles that ranged from The Medic in Team Fortress 2, The Riddler in Batman: The Enemy Within, Kazuhira Miller in Metal Gear Solid and Atoq Navarro in Uncharted to Travis Touchdown in No More Heroes, George Washington in Assassin’s Creed III, Lieutenant Kim in Gears of War and Halo’s The Prophet of Regret…Downes has appeared in a host of top videogame titles.
The award-winning actor’s animation credits are equally epic, with Robin Atkin Downes voicing character in TV series such as Star Wars Rebels, Clone Wars, Voltron, Ben 10, Thundercats, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Avengers Assemble and Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as animated films including How to Train Your Dragon, Justice League: Doom, Katsuhiro Otomo-helmed anime Steamboy and a bevy of Batman
Darcy Rose ByrnesActor, Singer, Musician Bio
Darcy Rose ByrnesActor, Singer, Musician
Darcy Rose Byrnes was born and raised in the bosom of the almighty media machine. Her first professional job at 9 months old (Singing Babies) led to her being featured on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2001! She is known for her roles as Abby Carlton on The Young and the Restless and Penny Scavo on Desperate Housewives. She broke into voice over portraying Ikki on Avatar: Legend of Korra. She is the speaking and singing voices of ‘Princess Amber’ on Sofia the First and ‘Maricela’ in Spirit Riding Free. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Darcy Rose writes for piano, voice, guitar and ukulele. She performs her musical stand-up at comedy clubs in and around LA. She is a 2 time “Best of the Fest” winner of the Burbank Comedy Festival. After spending nearly a decade singing songs scripted for her or by her, Darcy Rose has made the jump to the unscripted. She loves performing with her UCB musical improv Mess Hall Team, Power Play. This summer she produced and performed in 5 of her own shows at The Hollywood Fringe. She starred in a 6th show as well, originating the role of Lacy in the new musical Monkey Mind, at the McCadden Place Theatre. She can’t believe she gets to appear on a panel with such voice over royalty! Thanks Ken, Joan and SOVAS!
Yuri LowenthalVO Actor, Author Bio
Yuri LowenthalVO Actor, Author
Yuri Lowenthal is a writer & actor known primarily for games and animation, including games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Dragon Age, Prince of Persia, Sunset Overdrive, Persona, Saints Row, .//Hack, Minecraft Story Mode, shows including Legion of Superheroes, Afro Samurai, Young Justice, RWBY, Camp Camp, Spy Kids: Mission Critical, Ducktales, Space Racers, Where’s Waldo, Batman Ninja, Gotham By Gaslight and Ben 10 and popular anime: Naruto, Tiger & Bunny, Gurren Lagann, just to name a few. TV/Film credits include Geek&Sundry’s RPG show TitansGrave: The Ashes of Valkana, Critical Role: One Shot with Sam Riegel, two episodes of Tabletop on Geek & Sundry and Yuri starred in Legendary’s revolutionary sci-fi series Orbital Redux. He co-authored Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic & sequel VOVA: The Extended Edition with Tara Platt as well as the noirvella Tough City. @yurilowenthal
Tara PlattVO Actor, Author Bio
Tara PlattVO Actor, Author
Actress/author/producer/entrepreneur, Tara has performed internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre. VO credits include: Marvel’s recent award-winning Marvel’s Spider-Man (as Yuri Watanabe), DC VS MK, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Legion of Superheroes, Naruto, Persona, Ducktales, Where’s Waldo, Sailor Moon, Ben 10, Saints Row, Drakengard3, RWBY, Gundam Unicorn, and Sunset Overdrive. Tara and husband Yuri Lowenthal wrote Voice-Over Voice Actor and sequel VOVA: The Extended Edition for anyone interested in getting into voice-over. Platt and Lowenthal just gave a TEDx talk on Storytelling. Sitcom Whatta Lark, that she produced and stars opposite drag-sensation Poppy Fields, won an IAWTV award and is currently streaming on Amazon. Her books Relax Your Toes and Zartana are available online and she is in the midst of re-writes on a YA novel. @taraplatt
Josh Robert ThompsonVO Actor, Comedian Bio
Josh Robert ThompsonVO Actor, Comedian
Ever since he was a little boy, Josh Robert Thompson has been talking to himself.
Raised in a sleepy suburb of Cleveland, Josh dreamed of someday being on TV—spending weeknights watching Johnny Carson, and weekends building cardboard talkshow sets in his basement.
But Josh’s path to TV was through the radio. A series of prank phone calls to national news outlets caught the attention of “The Howard Stern Show,” where Josh quickly established himself as the voice of “Fake” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But it was his role as robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” that would prove to be Josh’s big TV break, endearing himself to viewers for nearly a decade on CBS.
Josh’s wide range of celebrity impressions have been featured for over nine seasons on FOX’s “Family Guy” —from Morgan Freeman to Donald Trump and everything in between.
His multitude of voices are also featured in “American Dad,” “The Angry Birds Movie,” “Robot Chicken,” “ and on Netflix originals “Skylanders Academy” and “Motown Magic.”
As a stand-up, Josh has toured all over the U.S. and Canada, playing in such legendary venues as The Chicago Theater and Radio City Music Hall.
On film, he stars in the romantic comedy “Nowhere Girl,’ the indie supernatural thriller “Revelator,” and the award-winning comedic series “F#cking 40.”
Wendee LeeVO Director/ Voice ActressIndependent Bio
Wendee LeeVO Director/ Voice Actress
Wendee Lee is an American voice actress and director in the anime industry and video games. Her first anime voice role was in Robotech in the 1980s, where she voiced Vanessa Leeds. She also voiced Scorpina on the live-action Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Lee grew up in the Los Angeles area, and also in San Francisco. She studied dance and theater and later became a full-time dancer in her teens. According to her interview on the Magic Knight Rayearth DVDs, she started doing voices at school, and got in trouble for it. Her first anime voice role was in Harmony Gold production Robotech in the 1980s, where she voiced Vanessa Leeds, one of the operators aboard the SDF-1 Macross. She also worked with Streamline on several anime productions including Dragon Ball She would continue dance, and work part-time as a make-up artist, choreography, and dance instruction.
Lee’s major voice roles in anime include Kei in the Pioneer dub of Akira, Faye Valentine on Cowboy Bebop, Myōjin Yahiko in Rurouni Kenshin, Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi on Digimon Adventure, Haruhi Suzumiya on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Konata Izumi on Lucky Star. She has also worked as an ADR director on Bleach, Love Hina and Outlaw Star and a casting director on The Night B4 Christmas. In 2014-2015, she voiced Queen Serenity in the Viz Media re-dub of the classic Sailor Moon series and the new Sailor Moon Crystal series.
STEVE MACKALLVoice Actor/Writer/SingerVoice of NBC Late Night Bio
STEVE MACKALLVoice Actor/Writer/Singer
Voice of NBC Late Night
“The Man Who Can Do The Impossible”
The Los Angeles Times
Every night on NBC, you can hear the voice of Steve Mackall promoting the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.” It’s the same voice that created a revolutionary new sound that changed the attitude and tone of promo announcers throughout the nation. Today, the “Voice of God” announce, literally an industry standard since the advent of television, has more often been replaced by the “guy next door”, the “audio blogger”, that makes you feel like you’re hanging with a good friend.
That’s what Steve Mackall does. He makes the impossible, possible.
He takes an established and accepted belief like, “Kids hate bedtime” and turns it into “Kids can’t wait to crash!”
Steve did exactly this with “The Blanket Show”, a half-hour animated pilot he created for MTM Entertainment.
As writer/producer/songwriter, Steve’s hip, irreverent, yet enchanting and fresh approach to this nighttime ritual did for bedtime what Sesame Street did for learning, made it fun! “The Blanket Show” starring Forest Whitaker and David Hyde Pierce features six of Steve’s original songs performed by Cece Winans , Randy Travis and Taj Mahal among others.
Steve’s “anything’s possible!” attitude got him thinking, “Hey, let’s write some movies!” In Hollywood everyone from the cable guy to a checker at Ralph’s has a screenplay, yet in short order Steve wrote the mob comedy “Avenging Angelo,” and went into production with an A-List cast including, Madeleine Stowe and Sylvester Stallone. Another of Steve’s Comedy/Drama feature films, ʻStealing Carsʼ premiered in the 2015 LA Film Festival and was honored with their inaugural Zeitgeist Award. A 2016 Sony Pictures release, the film stars John Leguizamo, Emory Cohen, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, and Heather Lind with Director Bradley Kaplan at the helm and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’s’ Rachel Winter producing.
Steve’s joyous ability to manifest the impossible took flight again in creating, writing and directing the hilarious mockumentary, “Sad Ass Desert Dogs: The Mystery of Jay Dee Rock,” described as “ʼSpinal Tapʼ meets ʻNashvilleʼ with a Who-Done-It thrown in.” With a limited budget, it should have been done with musician friends who owed him but, in true Mackall fashion, Steve asked some of the greatest musicians in the world to star in it. And “Why not? It’ll be fun!” Today The Sad Ass Desert Dogs is a music/comedy fan favorite starring Steve, Danny Nucci, the incomparable Lee Sklar (Lyle Lovett, James Taylor) Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck), Mike Finnigan (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bonnie Raitt), Mark Campbell (Huey Lewis, ZZ Top, Michael McDonald) and Brian Otto (Brian Wilson, Monty Python, Weird Al Yankovic).
Perhaps the greatest of Steve Mackall’s professional achievements to date are his solo shows. The first, ʻWherever I Go There We Are’, featured a series of sound- designed stories that had audiences laughing and crying and jumping to a standing ovation every night. Steve’s impeccable ear and uncanny timing allowed him to tell his soulful stories flawlessly, hitting every sound cue intricately woven throughout the masterfully scored piece. Its one of the reasons the Los Angeles Times labeled the Cleveland native “The man who can do the impossible.”
Steve’s follow-up ʻThe LAF Supper’ premiered at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Los Angeles with a pair of sold out benefit performances that had audiences laughing all night long! Academy Award and multi-Emmy Award winning producer Arnold Shapiro said of the show: “In “Annie Hall” Woody Allen strung together a number of short scenes- many from real life- and made a wonderful and hilarious movie. Steve Mackall has done the same thing with “The LAF Supper.” The concept, developed out of so much of his real-life experience, is brilliant.”
Whether it’s voicing commercials, writing scripts, hilariously hosting live shows and benefits or making strangers laugh in line at Whole Foods, this talented, lovable founder of The Writers Bloc continues to follow his heart right into yours.
Steve has won numerous awards in commercial and broadcast Advertising, been honored for his charitable work with the American Red Cross and Athletes and Entertainers For Kids, is a recipient of the LA Film Festival’s Zeitgeist Award, HBO’s “Comic Of The Airwaves” Award
and a Finalist in the 15th Annual American Songwriters Competition.
Jorge AguirreProject CoordinatorSAG-AFTRA Bio
Jorge AguirreProject Coordinator
Jorge Aguirre is SAG-AFTRA’s Project Coordinator for its Bilingual Initiative and a consultant on Spanish language communications. He is a graduate in Journalism from the University of Havana, Cuba, and has previously worked with media outlets in Cuba, the Havana Art Biennial, the International Film Festival of Havana and the Downtown LA Film Festival.
Ana Carolina GrajaleActress/Host Bio
Ana Carolina GrajaleActress/Host
ENGLISH This beautiful and promising actress was born in Miami, Florida. Her mother is from Hartford, Connecticut, and her father from Apia, Risaralda, Colombia, S. A.
Anita, as she is called by her siblings and friends, has had the opportunity to live in different countries and, in the meantime, has been enriched by their cultures. As a little child, her mom took her to Colombia, a country where she grew up during her first 12 years of life. Later on she lived in Spain, where she got great experiences and memories not only because of its people but also its culture. There she studied theater, an art that she is really passionate about. Currently she resides in the city of Miami, “The Sun and Entertainment Capital”, where recordings of the soap opera Marido en Alquiler (Husband for Rent) are being conducted. Anita would reappear on the small screen once again.
Anita has the artistic vein at her core, since she comes from a recognized family of writers, poets and music directors. Her interest in acting began at a young age. “I always used to dress up with whatever I found, I did fashion shows for my family. I remember many times when I imitated TV characters that I liked and always thought “I want to be there someday”,” says the beautiful actress.
She always was part of singing, dance and theater groups in school. And she tried to enrich her artistic vein with the opportunities presented to her. It is at the age of thirteen that she began her professional training. Her first classes were taken with the teacher Hector Zavaleta at the Actors Workshop Academy (Miami, Florida), where she took j 6 years in acting, diction, cold reading, teleprompter use, biomechanics, and character management and construction classes.
She had her first performance in front of the cameras in 2009, in “I Need a Friend”, under the seal of Venevision International. In the summer of that year, she travels to Spain to visit her family and decides to attend an audiovisual interpretation seminar with Ramon Quesada and Luis Gimeno (casting director of Telecinco). Shone so, that when the course ended Telecinco called her to participate in the movie “The Covenant”, as one of the co-stars. Unfortunately she could not make it because she was a tourist in Spain. But the entertainment world called upon her door again at her return to Miami, this time through Telemundo for the soap opera “Aurora”, under the character of Charlotte. One of her dreams – being part of the wonderful Telemundo family – is fulfilled this way. She also took part in “RPM Miami” for Mun2.
In pursue of her dream in the world of acting, once again she decides to travel to Spain, leaving behind scholarships at very prestigious universities in the U. S., in order to have a deeper training in acting. This time she decided to study theater at Corazza, from which great actors like Javier Bardem came out. There, she starts Body expression (Andrea Minez) and Technique (Manuel Morón) classes, and draws on the teachings of Jose Olmos. Simultaneously, she studies vocal technique with Patricia Kraus. In her spare time, she receives Ballet, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and Canto instructions.
Upon completion of her workshop in the mother country, she decides to return back to Miami, not knowing the opportunities that awaited there. It is in 2011 when she does casting for “Grachi 2” at the Nickelodeon chain. “I remember I was sitting in my room with my family, and my manager called me with the great news that I had been chosen to play the character of Valeria. I have no words to express the joy I felt that day,” Anita says, while her big blue eyes become lit, like stars. Valeria is the loyal assistant of Willy Martin’s character, Leo. She also danced and sang in this series. The duo had the opportunity to put a voice to the song “Perfect Chemistry”, which today is part of Grachi CD, Volume 2. In 2012, while she was still recording Grachi, she was part of the acting workshop “Physical or Chemical”, to participate in the soap opera “Dangerous Liaisons”, a remake of the Spanish hit “Physical or Chemical”. After a long hard work, with the persistence that characterizes her, Anita got the role of Sofia Blanco, a strong-tempered girl who falls in love with the African-American schoolboy and decides to defend him from the bullys of Cervantes Academy. At the end of this soap opera, Anita is called by Nickelodeon to form part of the third season of Grachi. She is delighted at the news that not only she will portray Valeria but also Amaya the witch, a character who will undoubtedly leave many memories on viewers minds. The soap opera is currently airing in Latin America. “I think this has been one of the biggest challenges in my career. To perform a double character is the dream of any actor, or at least mine,” says Anita.
This versatile actress also loves dancing, currently practicing ballet and hip hop. She is also experienced in belly dancing as she practiced it for several years. She has an associate degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Art and design in Miami, Florida. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California
Duncan Crabtree-IrelandChief Operating Officer & General CounselSAG-AFTRA Bio
Duncan Crabtree-IrelandChief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA, responsible for broad operational oversight and organizational accountability. Crabtree-Ireland oversees the legal aspects of collective bargaining and contract enforcement for all SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements, as well as SAG-AFTRA’s legal, government affairs, professional representatives, international affairs, governance and diversity operations.
He is a co-chair of the board of trustees of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, a member of the boards of SoundExchange and the SAG-AFTRA & Industry Sound Recordings Distribution Fund, a delegate to the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and teaches international law as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He is a past treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a past Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and serves by appointment as a judge pro tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Previously, Crabtree-Ireland served as Screen Actors Guild’s deputy national executive director and general counsel and as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles.
Crabtree-Ireland received his Bachelor of Science in foreign service with a concentration in international relations, law, and organization from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
Armando MedinaArt/Creative Director/Co-founderCarbón Agency Bio
Armando MedinaArt/Creative Director/Co-founder
Armando Medina is a multidisciplinary designer/creative director – born and raised in Tijuana, México, Armando developed a
passion for art, design and sports. He pursued his passions at the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana, where he earned his
Master’s Degree in Digital Design. As creative director with agencies in both Tijuana and San Diego Armando has worked
with brands such as Budweiser, Living Social, Ebay, PGA, Martinelli’s, Groupon, Foursquare, San Diego Zoo, to mention a
few. Early this year, he and his wife Margarita decided to join forces and start their own multi-cultural ad agency in San
Diego, called Carbón Agency.
Margarita MedinaStrategist/Co-founderCarbón Agency Bio
Margarita Medina is a graphic designer by profession but a project manager and strategist by passion. She was born and
raised in Tijuana, México, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Digital Design. Throughout her career
Margarita has worked at agencies both in Tijuana and San Diego, strategizing with brands such as American Red Cross,
Hummer México, Cadillac México, Watkins Manufacturing, Women for Women International, to mention a few.
Melissa DisneyVoice ActorLive Announcer Bio
Melissa DisneyVoice Actor
3-TIME EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS
“Melissa Disney, starring voice of the Nickelodeon series, As Told By Ginger, is credited for
shattering an unwritten ban on women voicing action trailers, (Key Art Award winner for Best
Trailer – Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicholas Cage). If that were not enough, she went on to win a
Golden Trailer Award (Best Voiceover) for her work on the Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2001 movie
— Natasha Emmons, Hollywood Reporter
"Melissa Disney, widely regarded as the most successful female voice artist working today"
You’ve now doubt already heard Melissa Disney as the voice of the Oscars, Emmys and the
Billboard Music Awards. Her animation fans know and love her as the coolest queen of the
nerds, Ginger Foutley from Nickelodeon’s “As Told By Ginger” as well as the newest Marvel
Superhero -American Dream, The Simpsons, Jakers! with Mel Brooks, Superman and current
top secret video games.
Theatrical Comedy Demo – https://vimeo.com/136536667
Commercial campaigns include McDonalds, Lexus, Sprint, Doritos, Ford, Hallmark, and the
viral Motherhood commercial for Similac.
https://youtu.be/JUbGHeZCxe4 – The Mother "Hood" Similac Commercial
Melissa stars in the new award winning TV series “The Comeback Kids” which will be
showcased at the upcoming ITV Festival in Dover, Vermont, “The Sundance of Television.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssvZ2xvn564 – "The Comeback Kids" Pilot
She has been seen on iCarly, The Cleveland Show, Dog with a Blog, doing sketch comedy on
Ellen, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel.
Her work in film includes starring alongside Lake Bell in the award winning Sundance favorite,
“In A World” as well as other internationally acclaimed short films, “Butterfly Circus”, “Up in
the Air”, also winning Best Actress for her starring role in “Snare” which she co-wrote and
Melissa will forever be known as the “1st Female Voice of Movie Trailers” for her versatile
body of work across multiple genres of trailers including Nicolas Cage’s “Gone in 60 Seconds”.
Her work in promo includes, the NFL, HGTV, The Young and the Restless, ABC, CBS, Fox,
On-Demand, as well as the voice of numerous radio stations across the U.S.
Melissa started the LAVoiceoverAcademy, and has been asked to teach and speak all over the
Musically, she has been the singing voice of Snow White and can be heard voicing characters for
numerous toys, dolls and albums.
As an accomplished singer and songwriter, Melissa’s talents have taken her around the world,
performing in Spain, Greece, Costa Rica and Fiji as well as numerous engagements here in the
states. Her newest album LOVE is available on itunes and CDbaby.com.
If you’ve visited Disney theme parks, you’ve most likely heard her creative talents there too!
She has created character voices for numerous rides over the years including Star Tours, Golden
Zephyr ride, Bug’s Life and recently became the voice of the Carousel in Shanghai Disneyland.
Alex Von DavidVoice Director/WriterIndependent Bio
Alex Von DavidVoice Director/Writer
Alex Von David
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alex grew up watching Looney Tunes and Elvira’s
Movie Macabre… which, if you know him, explains a lot. After directing commercials for
a time, he stumbled onto the world of localization in 2005 and has been adapting and
directing English dubs ever since.
Anime (adaptation & amp; VO direction)
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Sword Art Online
Resident Evil: Vendetta & Damnation (movies)
Durarara!! x 2
Kill la Kill
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
5 Centimeters per Second (BangZoom! dub)
Games (VO direction)
Kill la Kill: IF
Star Control: Origins
Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk
League of Legends
Retro Game Challenge
Eric ShermanCEOBang Zoom! Entertainment Bio
Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Emmy Award-Winning Producer, Executive Producer, Writer, Director, and Sound Supervisor. Sherman is the CEO of Bang Zoom! Studios and has been responsible for countless anime titles and video games including the beloved Sword Art Online franchise, Bakugan, Detective Pikachu, and classics such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Champloo. Currently writing and directing a Twilight Zone-esque horror audio podcast series called THE STRANGE THING ABOUT… featuring well-known anime voice actors and celebrities. He is well known for discovering new voice talent. Check out the creative breadth of Eric’s incredible company at https://www.bangzoomstudios.com/
Mami OkadaDirector Of Operations/Casting DirectorBang Zoom! Entertainment Bio
Mami OkadaDirector Of Operations/Casting Director
Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Director of Operations/Casting Director, Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Family name (in kanji): 岡田
Given name (in kanji): 真美
Eating ice cream
Non-anime staff credits:
Associate Casting Director for “.hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce” (VG)
Associate Casting Director for “.hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption” (VG)
Co-Producer/Casting Director for “Gods Eater Burst” (VG)
Co-Producer/Casting Director for “Pokémon Masters” (VG)
5 Centimeters Per Second (movie) : Associate Casting Director (Bang Zoom! Dub), Co-Producer (Bang Zoom! Dub)
A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- (ONA) : Casting Director (Bang Zoom redub), Co-Producer (Bang Zoom redub)
Accel World (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom!)
Ai Yori Aoshi (TV) : Assistant producer
Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ (TV) : Assistant producer
Air Bound (movie) : Casting Director
Aldnoah.Zero (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Argento Soma (TV) : Assistant producer
Ayakashi Ayashi: Ayashi Divine Comedy (OAV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Babel II – Beyond Infinity (TV 2/2001) : Production Assistant
Berserk (TV 2016) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Berserk (TV 2017) : Co-Producer
Beyblade Burst Turbo (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Blade of the Immortal (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Blood Lad (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Blue Exorcist (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Blue Exorcist (TV) : Producer, Casting Director
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Burn-Up Scramble (TV) : Assistant producer
Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie 2: The Sealed Card : Assistant producer
Carole & Tuesday (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Charlotte (TV 2015) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Chibits (special) : Assistant producer
Chobits (OAV) : Assistant producer
Chobits (TV) : Assistant producer
Coppelion (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom!)
Cosmowarrior Zero (TV) : Production Assistant
Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (TV) : Assistant producer
(The) Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Doraemon (TV 3/2005) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Durarara!! (TV) : Associate producer
Eight Clouds Rising (OAV) : Assistant producer
ERASED (TV) : Casting, Co-Producer
Eureka Seven (TV) : Associate producer
Eureka Seven – good night, sleep tight, young lovers (movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
éX-D: Danger Zone (OAV) : Assistant producer
EX-Driver (OAV) : Assistant producer
EX-Driver the Movie : Assistant producer
Expelled from Paradise (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fafner (TV) : Assistant producer
Fate/Apocrypha (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/Extra Last Encore (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Tendōsetsu (special) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/stay night (TV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/Zero (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Fate/Zero (TV 2) : Co-Producer
Figure 17 (TV) : Assistant producer, Spotting
First Squad – The Moment Of Truth (OAV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Flag (ONA) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Gad Guard (TV) : Assistant producer
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV) : Assistant producer
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom! Entertainment)
Ghost Slayers Ayashi (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
God Eater (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Gun Frontier (TV) : Assistant producer
Gundam Build Divers (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Gungrave (TV) : Assistant producer
Gurren Lagann (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Hanaukyo Maid Team: La Verite (TV) : Assistant producer
Haré+Guu (TV) : Assistant producer
Haré+Guu Deluxe (OAV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Heat Guy J (TV) : Assistant producer
Here Is Greenwood (OAV) : Assistant producer (Media Blasters version)
Hero Mask (ONA) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~ (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Hunter × Hunter (TV 2011) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- (movie) : Casting Director
I’ll/CKBC (OAV) : Assistant producer
Idol Project (OAV) : Assistant producer
Immortal Grand Prix (TV) : Assistant producer
Immortal Grand Prix (TV 2) : Associate producer
Ingress (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (TV) : Casting Director (Bang Zoom! Entertainment), Co-Producer (Bang Zoom! Entertainment)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
K-ON! (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
K-ON! (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
K-ON!! (TV 2) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Kakegurui (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Karas (OAV) : Assistant producer
Kill la Kill (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (movie) : Casting Director (Bang Zoom! Entertainment), Co-Producer (Bang Zoom! Entertainment)
Kite Liberator (OAV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya (ONA) : Audio Post Production Manager
Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom!)
Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne (TV 2) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Last Exile (TV) : Assistant producer
(The) Laws of the Universe Part 0 (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Leave it to Kero! Theatrical Version (movie) : Assistant producer
Love Hina Again (OAV) : Assistant producer
Love Live! School idol project (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Love Live! The School Idol Movie : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Lucky Star (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
A Lull in the Sea (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Lunar Legend Tsukihime (TV) : Assistant producer
Magi: Adventure of Sinbad (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mahoromatic – Automatic Maiden (TV) : Assistant producer
Mahoromatic: I’m Home! (special) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful (TV) : Assistant producer
Mahoromatic: Summer Special : Assistant producer
Mao-chan (TV) : Assistant producer
March comes in like a lion (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mars Daybreak (TV) : Assistant producer
Megalobox (TV) : Casting Director (Bang Zoom! Entertainment), Co-Producer (Bang Zoom! Entertainment)
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TV 2009 renewal) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya (ONA) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mirage of Blaze (TV) : Assistant producer
Mob Psycho 100 (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mob Psycho 100 REIGEN: The Miraculous Unknown Psychic (special) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom)
Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (movie) : Assistant producer
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (TV 2) : Co-Producer
Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
New Getter Robo (OAV) : Assistant producer
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Nyoron! Churuya-san (ONA) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Occultic;Nine (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety (TV) : Assistant producer
One Punch Man (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Otogi Zoshi (TV) : Assistant producer
Overman King Gainer (TV) : Assistant producer
Paradise Kiss (TV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director
Persona 4: The Animation (TV) : Additional Casting, Co-Producer
Planetes (TV) : Assistant producer
Please Teacher! (OAV) : Assistant producer
Please Teacher! (TV) : Assistant producer
Please Twins! (TV) : Assistant producer
(Le) Portrait de Petite Cossette (OAV) : Assistant producer
(The) Promised Neverland (TV) : Casting Director
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV) : Co-Producer
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Redline (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Resident Evil: Damnation (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Resident Evil: Vendetta (movie) : Casting Director, Co-Producer, Motion Capture Casting
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (TV) : Casting Director
Rozen Maiden (TV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer (eps 5-8)
Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre (special) : Co-Producer
Rozen Maiden: Träumend (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
S-CRY-ed (TV) : Assistant producer
Saint Tail (TV) : Trailer
Saiyuki Gunlock (TV) : Associate producer
Saiyuki Reload (TV) : Assistant producer
Sakura Wars: The Movie : Assistant producer, Spotting
Samurai Champloo (TV) : Assistant producer
Samurai Girl Real Bout High School (TV) : Production Assistant
Scrapped Princess (TV) : Assistant producer
(The) Seven Deadly Sins (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
(The) Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Sirius the Jaeger (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Sky High (live-action movie) : Assistant producer
Space Pirate Captain Herlock The Endless Odyssey (OAV) : Assistant producer
Squid Girl (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Stellvia (TV) : Assistant producer
Strait Jacket (OAV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Submarine 707R (OAV) : Assistant producer
Sword Art Online (TV) : Casting Director
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Sword Art Online II (TV) : Casting, Co-Producer
Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Sword Art Online: Alicization (TV) : Casting Director
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (special) : Co-Producer
Sword Gai: The Animation (ONA) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Sword Gai: The Animation Part II (ONA) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Tales of Phantasia (OAV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director
Tekken: Blood Vengeance (movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Tenjho Tenge (TV) : Assistant producer
Tokko (TV) : Assistant producer, Associate Casting Director
Tokyo Zombie (live-action movie) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Toradora! (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer (Bang Zoom!)
Trigun (TV) : Soundtrack Translation (Tokyopop)
Tweeny Witches (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Tweeny Witches: The Adventures (OAV) : Co-Producer
(The) Twelve Kingdoms (TV) : Assistant producer, Spotting
Vandread (TV) : Production Assistant
Vandread: The Second Stage (TV) : Production Assistant
When They Cry – Higurashi (TV) : Associate Casting Director, Co-Producer
Wild Arms – Twilight Venom (TV) : Production Assistant
Witch Hunter Robin (TV) : Assistant producer
X (TV) : Production Assistant
X OAV : Production Assistant
Your Lie in April (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Ys (OAV) : Assistant producer
Ys II (OAV) : Assistant producer
Yuki Yuna Is a Hero (TV) : Casting Director, Co-Producer
Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ (TV) : Digital Color (ep 7)
Big Windup! (TV) : Color Check (eps 7, 14), Color setting (eps 7, 14), Paint (Dogakobo; eps 7, 14)
Case Closed (TV) : Finish Animation (Ashi Production)
Den-noh Coil (TV) : Finish Animation (ep 8)
Fullmetal Alchemist (TV) : Cel Check (ep 14)
Gurren Lagann (TV) : Color Key
Kaiketsu Zorori (TV) : Color setting (8 episodes
eps 10, 17, 22, 27, 33, 39, 45, 50
), Paint (Doga Kobo; 6 episodes
eps 10, 17, 22, 27, 33, 39
), Paint Check (8 episodes
eps 10, 17, 22, 27, 33, 39, 45, 50
Kasimasi – Girl Meets Girl (TV) : Digital Paint (Dogakobo; eps 3, 9)
Miyori in the Sacred Forest (special) : Digital Paint
Nanatsuiro Drops (TV) : Color Check (ep 4), Color setting (ep 4), Finish Animation (Dogakobo; ep 4)
Reideen (TV) : Digital Paint (Dogakobo; ep 10)
Resident Evil: Damnation (movie) : Motion Capture Co-Producer
Shooting Starlets Musumet (TV) : Finish Animation (ep 2)
Suzuka (TV) : Digital Paint
Juana PlataVoice ActorLive Announcer, TVO Daytime Bio
Juana PlataVoice Actor
Live Announcer, TVO Daytime
Juana Plata is a sought after LA Spanish voice artist with a clear & true neutral accent.
Born in Colombia, South America – she has over 20 years of experience as a presenter and voice-over artist.
She has a deep understanding of Hispanic / Latino culture and knows how the significance of words varies from country to country. This allows her to effectively communicate with her target audience in a neutral, simple, clear, inclusive and respectful way.
Clients include worldwide multi-national and international companies seeking an efficacious Spanish language talent with neutral accent to transmit their message.
Donovan CorneetzVoice ActorLive Announcer, TVO Primetime Bio
Donovan CorneetzVoice Actor
Live Announcer, TVO Primetime
After first learning about voice-over from a college professor, in 2004, Donovan has been forging a path towards living the “VO Life.” Starting from recording in a dorm bathroom, he now has a VO resume including national and international work in the genres of commercial, trailer, promo, video games, narration, E-learning, and more. If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio (including satellite and streaming) over the last 14 years, chances are, you’ve heard his voice. In 2009, Donovan was a contestant in the That’s VO Audition Spotlight (where he was the runner-up). To be the live announcer for the event that helped propel his career, 10 years later, is an honor beyond measure.
Laura LucioCEOMaker Pro Media Bio
Maker Pro Media
Laura Lucio is an Emmy award and Golden Mike winning television journalist for best investigative reporting. She owns a Broadcast Media Company where she performs various duties such as host, executive producer, writer, and consultant. Ms. Lucio is the author of A Crazy Life, Anecdotes and Conversations With My Friend Jenni Rivera, a book that has become an Amazon Best Seller and Favorite. She is presently in Pre-Production on a documentary about Freddy Fender, the first performer to have a number one hit song in the Pop and Country charts in the 70’s. He was also the a creator and founder of Spanish language rock and roll.
Ms. Lucio’s produced and hosted “Jenni Rivera Simplemente La Mejor,” a television special that aired on NBC- TELEMUNDO that highlights the singing career of Regional Mexican Icon, Jenni Rivera. She was also a consultant writer-producer for the 90 episode highly acclaimed series “Mariposa de Barrio” (The neighborhood butterfly) depicting the life of Jenni Rivera for the Spanish language audience of NBC-TELEMUNDO and NETFLIX. Ms. Lucio’s on-air experience extends to both the Spanish and English markets.
Ms. Lucio began her journalism career as a translator for CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondents in her home state of Texas. She has worked for KCBS in Los Angeles, NBC-Telemundo as a correspondent, on two high-rated news-magazine shows, Ocurrio así (Spanish version of A Current Affair) and later Sin Fronteras. While on Sin Fronteras, the show received the Dalton Pen Award, a high honor for journalistic integrity. She also worked as a field producer for NBC-Access Hollywood, a correspondent for Univision Network, and backup anchor/reporter for Univision’s KMEX in Los Angeles. Her journalistic integrity has given her the advantage of interviewing VIPs in the world of entertainment, politics, and business.
As producer/director, Ms. Lucio consults companies and performers in the vast growing world of digital media, television, and film. Ms. Lucio has executive produced a great number of TV musical shows with a list of popular Latin performers.
Ms. Lucio attended the University of Texas, Texas Southmost College, the Hollywood Film Institute, Acting For Life Theater with Gene Bua, and completed courses in Directing, Acting, and Producing, Re-engineering, Business, and Management. She loves to read, sing, and hike. Ms. Lucio speaks English, Spanish, and Italian, and serves on the board of directors of The Beverly Hills Film Festival and supports children and women’s rights. She is an active supporter of different nonprofit organizations such as ASPCA, (American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animasl, Family Promise in support of displaced families and Worldwide Missions empowering youth, immigrants, and refugees.
Tim FriedlanderVoice Actor/Studio OwnerSoundBOXLA Bio
Tim FriedlanderVoice Actor/Studio Owner
Located in the Hollywood area, Tim works out of soundBOX:LA, his custom built voice over studio equipped with ISDN, ipDTL, SourceConnect and broadcast quality equipment.
Tim is represented by:
Vanessa Gilbert at Solid Talent in Los Angeles
Robin Steinfeld at Buchwald in New York
ACM Talent Management in LA and New York
Sara Jane ShermanCasting DirectorMultiple Studios Bio
Sara Jane ShermanCasting Director
Long before voicing the role of Prince Sidon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,
James D. Mortellaro worked at the Oprah Winfrey Show and Harpo Productions where he booked audience members and guests for the show. His duties also included writing and producing promotional segments for the Oprah Winfrey Show and the show’s affiliates.
He was then recruited as a producer and then copywriter at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, Illinois. During his ten years there he established campaigns for many companies including; Miller Brewing, Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, McDonalds, GM, Reebok, and Nintendo to name a few.
James is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and has directed numerous live action commercials for high profile companies such as Disney, Nintendo, FOX Television, McDonalds, Orbitz, DeLL, Kellogg’s, and Reebok.
Along with commercials, James has directed some of the most successful billion dollar video game franchises in the world. He has cast, directed motion capture and voice-over for franchises such as the Halo 4 & 5, Hitman Absolution & Hitman 2016, Final Fantasy 13.3, 14, Mobius and Kingsglaive, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. He also has game writing credits for the Hitman franchise, Let it Die, and Devil May Cry 5 and a two more soon to be released titles.
In addition to advertising and directing, James has an extensive improv background having graduated from the prestigious Second City Improvisational Center in Chicago. He was also a founding member of Theater Sports in Chicago.
On the feature film front, James wrote and directed two straight to video/DVD feature films. The first, a mockumentary, ‘Murder in the Heartland: The search for Video X.’ The second, a reality thriller, ‘Video X: The Dwayne and Darla-Jean Story.’
James also co-wrote and was a producer on the theatrically released animated feature film ‘Back to the Sea’ starring Tim Curry and Christian Slater that was produced in China for worldwide distribution.
René VeilleuxCEO and FounderVerité Entertainment Bio
René VeilleuxCEO and Founder
René Veilleux is the CEO and Founder of Verité Entertainment where he is spearheading production and development on a variety of projects in film, television, animation and new media. He has worked in all aspects of production for numerous companies including: DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Frederator Studios, Mattel Creations, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, and PBS. René also works as a Voice and Casting Director for a number of animation projects including: DC Nation, Hot Wheels, Monster High, Enchantimals, and Subway Surfers, among others, as well as a number of video games such as, Payday 2, Overkill’s The Walking Dead and The Elder Scrolls Online.
Portia ScottTalent AgentCoast to Coast Talent Bio
Portia ScottTalent Agent
Coast to Coast Talent
A native of Los Angeles, Portia is currently the director of voiceover at Coast to Coast Talent Group where she runs the division with a subordinate staff, representing both adult and youth talent for all areas of voiceover, with over 100 broadcast TV & radio commercials on air and several national campaigns.
NANCY WOLFSONVO Coach/Casting DirectorBraintracks Audio Bio
NANCY WOLFSONVO Coach/Casting Director
NANCY WOLFSON is a private Voice Over Teacher, Media Coach and freelance Casting Liaison for Commercials, Animation, Gaming, Audio Books, Promos and Narration. She also writes, produces, and directs both audio and video-for-audio demos for Voice Over talent, and is recommended by top-market talent Agent colleagues worldwide as the premiere “Go To” person in advising beginning and expert talent on Personal Branding.
Her coursework has been accredited at the university level, and beginners, working pros, and celebrities have profited from her curriculum in private and group classes throughout America, the UK, Canada, and Europe.
Beyond training many Audible Hall of Famers and countless award-winning VO talents (SOVAS, VOX UK, One Voice, Audie, Golden Pencil, Clio, etc.), she also casts loads of her graduates daily on jobs that help finance their journey.
Clients include the voice of Siri, a US Circuit Judge, a blood splatter analyst, BBC alums, two sex therapists, countless celebrities, Henson’s top Puppeteers, parents, pet trainers, and people just like you.
With over 25 yrs. experience at the top of the Hollywood Entertainment Industry, Nancy has served as the head Agent of the Commercial Voice Over Department at ARL Talent Agency, a Talent Manager, and Producer of On Air Promotions (Playboy, FOX, WB/CW, ABC.) Recent freelance roles: Corporate Consultant for VH-1 & Nickelodeon, and Casting Advisor for Muzak and iHeart Media.
She is still the only pro VO coach whose full-time career focuses exclusively on advancing YOURS.
P.J. OchlanNarrator/Producer Bio
A working actor for more than 30 years, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career which has included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp, critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles. Along the way he’s worked with countless icons including Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams, Al Pacino and Garry Marshall.
Lori AlanVoice Talent/Comic ActorSpongebob Squarepants Bio
Lori AlanVoice Talent/Comic Actor
Lori Alan is perhaps best known for her award-winning voice-over work. As the First Annual Voice Arts Awards Awards, Lori took first-place prizes for Outstanding Body Of Work and Outstanding National Television Commercial. She stars on the Emmy Award winning, SpongeBob: Squarepants as Pearl Krabs, Diane Simmons on Family Guy, Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, on Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, and The Boss in the Metal Gear Solid video game trilogy. She’s proud to be a part of the Academy Award Winning Pixar Family. Voicing characters in Wall-e, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Monster’s University, as Mother’s Sadness in Inside Out, and Bonnie’s Mom in Pixar’s extraordinary, global franchise, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.
You’ve also seen and heard her on thousands of radio and television commercials, and she is currently the voice of The Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel as well as recently recurring on Showtime’s Shameless and NBC’s A.P.Bio
She now has a thriving voice over/on camera coaching practice and produces and directs voice over demos
Keythe FarleyVoice Actor/Voice Director!Kick Ass! Voiceover Bio
Keythe FarleyVoice Actor/Voice Director
!Kick Ass! Voiceover
Ken PringleVoice Actor/Comedian Bio
Ken PringleVoice Actor/Comedian
Ken Pringle is a popular stand up comedian and engaging voice actor, known for his work in film, television and web media. A fan favorite on series including ‘Comedians On’, ‘Date Debate’ and ‘Comics on Comics’, his youthful, energetic voice has been heard as a defender of pop culture, from debating the science of Spider-Man with Phil LaMarr at San Diego Comic-Con to grilling the editors of Mad Magazine at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. His album ‘Got Game’ is a popular download on iTunes, and his voice & persona can be heard on numerous projects, including the popular anime RPG ‘Epic Seven’, MTV’s ‘Yo Momma’, TLC’s ‘Fakin It’, and many national television commercials. When he’s not in the booth or on the stage, Ken also works as one of the most sought-after comedy teachers in the country, having taught thousands of students about the psychology behind performing comedy.
KATEE SACKHOFFActor/Producer2019 Backstage Vanguard Award Bio
2019 Backstage Vanguard Award
In July 2019, Netflix will release an original series, Another Life, starring Katee Sackhoff. Katee is also the producer of the much-anticipated science fiction original series also starring Selma Blair. Kathryn Ann “Katee” Sackhoff best known for her role as Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel’s hit series Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009). Katee was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on
Battlestar, taking home the award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Jim CummingsVoice Actor/Singer2019 Voice Arts® Legacy Award Bio
Jim CummingsVoice Actor/Singer
2019 Voice Arts® Legacy Award
Jim Cummings is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing the title character from Darkwing Duck, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, Pete, Winnie the Pooh (since 1988), Tigger, Bonkers D. Bobcat and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney animated films including Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog, and others from studios such as Universal/DreamWorks, MGM and Nickelodeon including Balto, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He has also provided voice-over work for video games, such as Icewind Dale, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Splatterhouse.
Some of Cummings’ earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. He began replacing partially Paul Winchell as Tigger, before fully replacing him as the character in 2000’s The Tigger Movie. In 1991, he ventured to Warner Bros. Animation and began voicing Tasmanian Devil on the animated series Taz-Mania (he would voice the character on other Warner Brothers shows, such as Animaniacs, and reprise the voice in 2006 in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas).
When actor Jeremy Irons, the voice of Scar in The Lion King, developed vocal problems during recording of the song “Be Prepared”, Cummings replaced him on the remainder of the track. Cummings would later be hired as the singing double for Russell Means in Pocahontas and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia.
In 2018, he became the first voice performer of animation to reprise his role(s) for a live-action Disney film, reprising the roles of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for the film Christopher Robin. His performance as Pooh was particularly praised by Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, who felt it was “Oscar-worthy” and said that “[a]s Winnie the Pooh … the veteran voice actor gives such sweet, rumpled, affable life to the wistful bear of literary renown that it routinely breaks the heart
Grey GriffinVoice Actor/Singer/Songwriter/Game Host Bio
Grey GriffinVoice Actor/Singer/Songwriter/Game Host
DeLisle has had many roles in television programs, most notably as the current voice of Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo! franchise and Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. DeLisle has also had voice acting roles in many computer and video games, such as Yangja and Yoshen in Escape from Monkey Island, numerous characters in Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld as Jacqueline Natla and several Star Wars games. In addition to her numerous English-speaking roles, she also speaks Japanese as Yumi in the television program Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. She also voiced Puppycorn in Unikitty!.
Jessica KentVO Producer/DirectorRiot Games Interactive Bio
Jessica KentVO Producer/Director
Riot Games Interactive
Jessica Kent is the head VO Producer and director for Riot Games Interactive. She specializes in growing all of Riot’s next games out of the R&D space, finding and defining each game’s unique voice, sourcing the talent to bring those voices to life, and thrilling players with high
quality, colorful narrative execution that makes fantasy worlds into reality. She has been behind some of the most successful Champions from League of Legends to date. And her experience spans all facets of the industry — from directing to casting, producing to game development and talent representation
Chris EdgerlyVoice Actor/Comedian/Singer Bio
Chris EdgerlyVoice Actor/Comedian/Singer
Perhaps most recognized for voicing various animated characters on The Simpsons, Chris has a sweeping vocal portfolio that spans animated television and multiple hit video games. He has even made a few television appearances including Hot in Cleveland, The King of Queens, SeaQuest 2032, and Kenan and Kel.
While Chris enjoys his time on-screen, he is at his best when lending his vocal talents to animated television, movie, and video game roles.
Among his animated television credits, Chris has voiced characters for Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, the return of MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, Drawn Together, Duck Dodgers, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Sophia the First, Naruto: Shippûden, Dragons: Riders of Berk, and, of course, The Simpsons.
Chris has also provided vocals for the feature-length Disney animated feature – The Wild.
In addition to these vocal roles, Chris Edgerly has also devoted a large part of his career to voicing your favorite video game characters. Among his credits, you will find Halo 2, Tales of Symphonia, Kingdom Hearts II, Lineage II, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Armored Core 4, Justice League Heroes, and Sullivan in Resonance of Fate
Carlos AlazraquiVoice Actor/Comedian Bio
Carlos AlazraquiVoice Actor/Comedian
Carlos Alazraqui is not just the face of Deputy James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!” he has also been a stand up comedian for over 15 years, providing the voices of Rocko and Spunky on Nickelodeon’s “Rocko’s Modern Life, Mr. Weed and of course the voice of Gidget “The Taco Bell Chihuahua” just to name just a few. Hear him again as the voice of Nestor, the Latin Penguin in Happy Feet 2.
Brock PowellVoice Actor/Comedian Bio
Brock PowellVoice Actor/Comedian
From: Voice of The Kool-Aid Man, Milo Murphys Law, Mob Psycho 100
Stephanie ThomasVoice ActorAudition Spotlight Judge Bio
Stephanie ThomasVoice Actor
Audition Spotlight Judge
Stephanie Thomas is an actor with over a decade of experience as a voice actor and jingle singer. Voice acting for Stephanie is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. She has always been enamored by television commercials and it shows when she is in the booth. Over the years she has been featured in hundreds of campaigns for brands like:
Oil of Olay
Martini and Rossi
Her experience has taught her the value of continually training. She say’s “Training is as much of my job as booking sessions.” She began her career on the East Coast, while obtaining her graduate degree in Theater. Recently she re-located to Los Angeles and has turned her sites to adding video games and animation to her extensive repertoire. Winning That’s Voice Over Audition Spotlight contest in 2016 was a wonderful confirmation that after all these years she was still on the right path. “ Winning last year was my own personal “God Wink”. it came at the perfect time and served as a reminder to believe in myself, trust my gut, and be confident in my skills as a voice actor. As every voice actor can attest to, our industry keeps us humble, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the game, you have to study, and stay on top of trends, and focus on your goals when the phone isn’t ringing because we all know staring at a phone never makes it ring. I’m excited for this years contestants and honored for the opportunity to be a part of their voice acting journey.”
Marc GussCo-founderACM Talent Management Bio
ACM Talent Management
Marc approaches ACM with the same tradition, passion and skill he has demonstrated throughout his career as an agent by turning talent into multi-dimensional industry successes. Most recently an agent at William Morris Endeavor and Vice President for over a decade at the William Morris Agency, Marc has represented A-list celebrity and branded talent while negotiating deals for the most sought after voices in the world. Prior to William Morris, Marc created the first promo department at Abrams Artists Agency, had a celebrity agent apprenticeship with SEM&M’s Fred Schiffman, and worked at CESD, one of the industry’s top commercial talent agencies. Marc graduated from Syracuse University College of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York.
After graduating from Syracuse University’s College of Law, Marc was admitted to practice law in New York and immediately began working for CESD, one of the industry’s top commercial talent agencies. This was followed by an apprenticeship under Fred Schiffman, celebrity agent and president of the prestigious commercial talent agency, SEM&M. In less than six months, Marc was franchised there as an agent in the celebrity and sports department.
While at SEM&M, Marc was also certified as an NBA agent and pursued rising NBA stars for commercial endorsements. Marc was then brought into Abrams Artists, the New York talent agency, where he created the first voice-over promo department and also produced the agency’s first promo demo CD.
His big break came when the William Morris Agency was in search for an agent to create and lead their voice-over promo division in the New York commercial department. Just three years later, he was promoted to Vice President, where he was negotiating deals for the most sought-after voices in the world including Lauren Bacall, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Kevin Bacon, Jeremy Piven, Alfred Molina, Gillian Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Keith Jackson, Tony Roberts, Barry White, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tony Shalhoub, and John O’Hurley, among others.
In TV promos, he was responsible for negotiating network voice deals for HBO, TBS, MSNBC, Discovery, ESPN, EXTRA, the Olympics on NBC, and countless others. From WABC-TV New York to KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, Marc has represented prominent TV affiliate announcers from coast to coast. He has always been highly regarded as a “go-to” industry source for specialty branded voices including the voices of NFL Films, the Aflac duck, AOL’s “You’ve got mail”, Boxing’s “Let’s get ready to rumble”, the voice of Moviephone and other iconic voice talent.
In 2003, the William Morris scale commercial voice-over department in New York was restarted under Marc’s direction, where he oversaw scale and overscale national network commercial voice-over campaigns ranging from General Motors and Ford, to AFLAC, Samsung, Campbell’s, Coors Light, Quizno’s, and many others in virtually every product category. In addition to his coverage of commercials, promos, narrations, audio books and TV affiliate voices, Marc was a pioneer in radio imaging, creating WMA’s radio voice imaging division and going on to represent the finest radio imaging talent in the country from Z-100 and WKTU in New York, to KROQ and KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, and a few thousand more in between. He produced the industry’s first radio imaging CD and a host of others leading up to “Radio Voices: Ultimate Collection”, which featured the “who’s who” in radio imaging.
With an inherent entrepreneurial spirit, he continued to build businesses within the agency. Marc founded the radio broadcast department for William Morris and negotiated groundbreaking deals for clients including Whoopi Goldberg, Candace Bushnell, Rachel Maddow, Nick DiPaolo, and Monica Crowley.
Marc was responsible for signing World Champion Boxer, Floyd Mayweather, landing him his first national network commercial. Over the course of his career, he has negotiated deals for prominent celebrity talent including Martin Short, Jenny McCarthy, Marie Osmond, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Common, Belinda Carlisle, Ivanka Trump, Supernanny Jo Frost, Stuart Scott, Joey Fatone, NY Mets announcer Ron Darling, among many others. Following her run for president, and at Bob Dole’s suggestion, Marc was able to sign Elizabeth Dole, the first ever female candidate to run for president. Marc also signed the world-famous weight-loss institution, Weight Watchers, to the William Morris Agency as a corporate client.
Marc experienced many inspirational moments during his career as an agent. One in particular, was covering a voice-over session with Christopher Reeve and witnessing his relentless passion for perfection despite his physical struggles. Another important accomplishment of Marc’s WMA tenure followed the tragic events of 9/11, where along with management and the William Morris mailroom, Marc spearheaded the production of a tribute video for New York’s fallen firefighters and the Widows and Children’s fund.
Marc had the great pleasure of being part of the successful William Morris Endeavor merger. His entrepreneurial instincts led to the creation of ACM, where he now manages talent on multiple entertainment platforms
Dave WalshVO CoachWalsh Voiceover Coaching Bio
Dave WalshVO Coach
Walsh Voiceover Coaching
DAVE WALSH and WALSH VOICEOVER COACHING offer privates, intensives and workshops that deliver invaluable tools for all levels of performance in commercial, promo, trailer and narration, creative options for career brand identity and specificity as well as a trusted industry perspective.
DAVE WALSH has worked both the executive and creative sides of the entertainment industry in both Hollywood and New York for almost 20 years, first as marketing/research guru and consultant for CBS/Paramount Television, NBC, The Hollywood Reporter, Ad Week/Marketing Week and others. He then took his branding expertise behind the mic, with credits spanning every track of voiceover performance, including campaigns for CBS’ BIG BROTHER, Shell, DirecTV, THE E TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, BIOGRAPHY and AT & T. WALSH VOICEOVER COACHING sessions are available in person in Los Angeles (or in other cities by special appointment), via Phone, Videoconference or ISDN.
Wes StevensCEO & FounderVOX, Inc. Bio
Wes StevensCEO & Founder
Wes has advocated for talent as a profession since 1994. He started in Columbus, Ohio at a small agency booking variety acts before joining Talent Group, Inc. (TGI) in Los Angeles in 1995 as an assistant. Seven years later, he acquired TGI’s voice-over department and launched VOX, Inc. Wes has represented an array of dynamic names in film, television, social media and music, alongside brands including Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, GE, Apple, Amazon, Farmer’s Insurance, Taco Bell, Dodge and Sprint. His first booking of note was placing David Hyde Pierce in “A Bugs Life,” Ed Asner in “Up” and most recently Craig T. Nelson in the explosively successful “Incredibles 2”. Along that road there have been many campaigns, series, films, fond memories.
Having built the company off the springboard of his specialization in animation and gaming, the company’s success led to diversification into celebrity endorsements and, most recently, launching VOX Social. This division manages 360° strategies for celebrity and influencer social media channels/brands, monetizing influence through syndicated content, branded content creation, and product and vertical development.
Additionally, Wes represents CastBox, the World’s fastest growing pod-cast platform. He currently has over 25 CastBox original programs in production and development from influencers, celebrities, professional athletes and even a casting director.
Wes helps talented people create powerful, equitable, and long-term relationships. He thrills at the opportunity to connect the right talented people with one another.
Wes was born in Virginia. He is a military brat, an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Wes has run seven full marathons from Honolulu to Florence, Italy. He is very involved Amazon Conservation Team and with Best Buddies, a global charity promoting the full integration of individuals with intellectual disabilities into mainstream society. He is passionate about creativity in all its expressions. Wes resides in Los Angeles with his two very affectionate canines, Ms. Penny Fontaine and Mr. Franc N Cents.
Stacey J. AswadVoice Actor/Host/ProducerVO Buzz Weekly Bio
Stacey J. AswadVoice Actor/Host/Producer
VO Buzz Weekly
Robin ArmstrongDirector/ProducerThe Hideout Bio
Robin Armstrong is an internationally award-winning film director, voiceover coach, producer, acting teacher, and performer. He has directed, taught and cast voice actors for over 25 years and has produced hundreds of film, television and audio projects and directed more than 1500 VO sessions. As a feature film director, he is winner of the Sundance Film Festival, and has been honored in both BOARDS (Canada) and SHOTS (London) for his artistry in television commercial direction for clients such as Budweiser, Porsche, Sony, AT&T and Chevrolet.
From The Hideout, his recording/teaching studio in Los Angeles, and at sold out teaching events across the US, Robin is sought after for his private coaching, weekend intensives, weekly VO Essentials sessions for emerging talent, and Master Classes for working pros. He also coaches artists worldwide via phone and Skype, and directs the LA VO Pro Workout Groups – the most comprehensive family of pro voiceover workout groups in the nation.
Pat FraleyPerformer/TeacherPatFraley.com Bio
In 1985, he voiced Ace on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Hillbilly Jim on Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. He played Slick the Turtle on ABC‘s The Littles. He later did the voices of Coach Frogface and Sludge on Galaxy High. A versatile voice artist n 1987, Fraley voiced 58 characters on the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Al, Aleister, Army Colonel, Antrax, Billy Jim Bob McJames, Bully, Chakahachi, Clown, Dr. Davens, Electrozapper, Erik/Erk Krang, Casey Jones, Cheese shop owner, Dippy, Dirtbag, Baxter Stockman, Barney Stockman, Gas station worker, The Great Boldini, Jewelry store salesman, Joey, Hans, Zak the Nutrino, Granitor, Burne Thompson, Kazuo Saki, Library security guard, Maitre’d, Malathor, Man with cotton candy, Mr. Reilly, Napoleon Bonafrog, Nasty Krangazoid, Obento, Rich man, Police chief, Policeman, Professor Mindbender, Raptor, Ray, Rodney’s butler, Sailor, Scaredy Krangazoid, Scumbug, Seymour/Security guard, Short criminal, Sergeant O’Flaherty, Shogun, Slash, Smarty Krangazoid, Titanus, Turtle cab driver, Wally cleaver, and Vernon Fenwick.
In the 1980s and 1990s he appeared in guest roles on animated series such as Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Garfield and Friends, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Little Clowns of Happytown, The New Yogi Bear Show, Filmation’s Ghostbusters, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Yo Yogi!, Batman: The Animated Series, Bobby’s World, The Tick, James Bond Jr., The Mask: The Animated Series, The Little Mermaid, and The Angry Beavers.
Pat voiced the title character in BraveStarr, Fireball in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Cousin It in The Addams Family, Max Ray in Ruby Spears’ The Centurions, Lurky, Buddy Blue, On-X and Evil Force in Rainbow Brite, young Scrooge McDuck and Sir Guy Standforth in DuckTales, Gwumpki in Quack Pack, Sniff in Space Cats and as Wildcat in TaleSpin. He also voiced Kyle the Cat on The Tom and Jerry Kids Show and lead character, Marshal Moo Montana in Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa as well as Tuffy Smurf in The Smurfs.
In 2004, Fraley appeared on Nickelodeon‘s My Life as a Teenage Robot and ChalkZone. The following year, he had a minor role in Disney’s animated film The Wild and also voiced Fred’s uncle Karl on an episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. He also had a role on camera as Mr. Harris in ‘Til Death and did voices in the two live-action films The High Crusade and The Fisher King.
Joan BakerActor/Author/TeacherSOVAS™ Bio
Joan Baker is the author of Secrets of Voice-Over Success and monthly columnist for Backstage Magazines. Co-host of the biweekly podcast Get Out There featured on Backstage magazine online. She is the co-founder/producer of That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, which is now part of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS™), along with the Voice Arts® Awards.
As a voice actor, Joan has performed hundreds of promos and commercials for TV, film and radio throughout her highly regarded career – including work for ABC News, American Express, ESPN, BLOOMBERG TV and radio, Showtime, HBO, NBA Entertainment, Olay, Lens Express, Sony Music, JP Morgan Chase, Costco, and The New York Times. You could even say that Joan’s talents reach the highest levels of American royalty and deep into the political zeitgeist: She voiced a TV ad campaign for The Muhammad Ali Center and narrated a documentary about the founding of the William Jefferson Clinton Library, now part of the library’s permanent display.
From her Manhattan studio in the Ed Sullivan Building, Joan coaches students in the craft of professional voice acting and voiceover career management, working with students from beginner level to seasoned professional. She provides one-on-one privates session in person and via Skype. Call 212-269-0700 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
Everett OliverVoice DirectorMyBoothDirector.com Bio
Everett OliverVoice Director
Everett Oliver is a 24-year veteran in the entertainment industry. He runs his own voiceover company, MY BOOTH DIRECTOR, specializing in audition directing, personal coaching, and career building.
Recently, he was nominated for two SOVAS Awards: Outstanding Animation/Gaming Demo Reel, Best Voiceover; and Outstanding Narration Demo Reel, Best Voiceover.
A former booth director for the AVO talent agency, Everett has worked for such high-profile animated series as Men in Black, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Godzilla, and Hellboy: Sword of Storms, just to name a few. He has worked for Columbia TriStar, Disney, and Film Roman for the WB, ABC, and Syfy.
His experience in voice direction and casting make him one of the most sought-after experts in the industry.
Elaine ClarkVoice Actor/TeacherVoice One Bio
Elaine ClarkVoice Actor/Teacher
Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.
Dave FennoyVoice Actor/TeacherDaveFennoy.com Bio
Dave FennoyVoice Actor/Teacher
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games.
His promo clients over the years include HULU.COM, ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company. Gamers enjoy his work on STARCRAFT II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Laura Croft Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts”. His various film voices include “Ghost Rider”, “Happy Feet”,and “King’s Ransom”, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.
Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book “Secrets of Voiceover Success” by Joan Baker.
Chuck DuranHost/Demo ProducerDEMOS THAT ROCK Bio
Chuck DuranHost/Demo Producer
DEMOS THAT ROCK
Chuck Duran the Owner and Head Producer at World Digital Studios and Demos that Rock in Los Angeles, California? – YES!
Can you see him perform all over the world as lead guitarist and co-founder of mash-up band sensation, Rock Sugar? Or if you don’t have plane fare, can you go on YouTube and be one of the millions who watch and listen to Rock Sugar everyday? – YES! and YES!
Is he truly gifted and recognized as LA’s most sought-after voiceover producer and director? – ABSOLUTELY YES!
Does he sing rock and roll songs on the Disney XD’s sitcom, “I’m In The Band”? – HECK YEAH!
Has he produced and directed thousands of commercials for companies such as Nike, Chevrolet and Budweiser, just to name a few?
Why do so many of his clients credit him with helping them land top agents and build successful voiceover careers? – BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!
Has he written and performed songs for award winning television movies and feature films for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Disney? – YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
Why should you watch VO Buzz Weekly with host, Chuck Duran? – BECAUSE HE ROCKS!!!
To learn more about Chuck, visit www.demosthatrock.com.
Bob BergenVoice Actor/TeacherBobBergen.com Bio
Bob BergenVoice Actor/Teacher
When I was 5 years old I told my parents when I grow up I want to be Porky Pig. My Mother told me Honey, you can’t be Porky Pig. You’re Jewish”
–Opening line of the one man show, Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal!
Two-time Emmy nominated Bob Bergen moved to Los Angeles from Cincinnati when he was 14. Actually, he had no choice. His Dad took a job in LA and relocated the family. But LA is where he wanted to be. As a kid, Bob spent endless hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes, and in particular Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. To his parents dismay, he spent more time working on voices than he did at his school work, though I think they’ve forgiven him by now.
Soon after arriving in LA, Bob began investigating how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons. He spent hours thumbing through the yellow pages, calling every animation studio in town, gathering information on how to break into the voice-over field. Hanna Barbara referred him to Bob Lloyd, who at the time had the only voice casting office in Los Angeles called The Voicecaster. Lloyd referred him to Daws Butler, a legend in animation and well known as the man behind the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Elroy Jetson, and Snagglepuss, to name a few. Daws taught a weekly voice-over workshop, and invited Bob to join the class. Bob also studied voice-over with anyone and everyone in LA offering a workshop, including Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. For the next several years Bob was never out of a class, studying voice-over, as well as improv and acting. He even got the chance to watch his idol, Mel Blanc record a project for Warner Bros.
When he was 18, a good friend of the family had Casey Kasem send Bob an autograph picture for his high school graduation. Bob sent Casey a thank you note, stating he wanted to do voices for cartoons and included his phone number. To his shock Casey phoned Bob and offered his assistance. Casey requested Bob make a home made demo of as many voices as he could. Bob sent Casey a tape of 85 voices which Casey, in turn, gave to Don Pitts, a voice-over agent and one of the nicest guys in the biz. Don signed Bob, and at 18 he was set up with his first agent. Not long after, Bob booked his first cartoon, Spiderman, and His Amazing Friends. He continued his studies with Daws Butler, and for the next 5 years slowly built up his voice-over resume with a variety of cartoons and commercials. To make ends meet, he worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios.
At the age of 23, Bob was able to leave Universal and work full time as an actor. His resume consists of 100s of cartoons, commercials, promos, radio imaging, live award show announcing, and interactive games. In 1990, Bob’s dream came true when he joined a handful of actors who share the job of voicing The Looney Tunes. Over the years, Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series’, including the 2 time Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers, in which Bob received an Annie Award nomination as best voice performer in a television series. In 1991 Bob was asked to play Sylvester Jr., for a radio program called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Soon after, he was thrilled to be invited to a reception at the White House in appreciation for his participation in Mrs. Bush’s literacy program.
Bob added game show host to his resume after landing the job of emcee on Jep!, the kid’s version of the classic game show Jeopardy!. For ten years, Bob worked as the grandstand host at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. His job consisted of spending two hours prior to the parade warming up an audience of literally hundreds lined up and down Sunset Boulevard, entertaining, schmoozing and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Throughout the parade, he had the privilege of interviewing some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars as they traveled down the streets of Hollywood in floats and vintage cars. The Grand Marshall in Bob’s first parade was James Stewart, and Bob was honored to have the opportunity to meet and interview this legendary actor. Over his years with the parade Bob got the chance to interview some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Halle Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed McMahann, Steve Allen and Mickey Rooney to name a few.
Bob was invited to teach his animation voice-over workshop at Judy Carter’s California Comedy Conference in Palm Springs. This whirlwind weekend consisted of up and coming comics showcasing to various show biz movers and shakers. Through connections he made at this conference, Bob put together a one man show. After a one time “trial” performance in Burbank, he was asked by Ken Kragen, who managed Kenny Rogers, to be the opening act for Rogers’ summer tour throughout California and Oregon. Upon returning from the tour, Bob showcased his one man show at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. Producer Ed Gaynes offered to produce the show commercially at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in NOHO. Bob Bergen, Not Just Another Pretty Voice opened to great reviews and ran for 3 months. It was revived again in 2007, playing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico, as well as Las Vegas, and a 6 week run at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood. A new version entitled Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal! has toured in NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago. It’s currently taking bookings in theaters throughout the country. In 2017 Bob began his 30th year teaching his animation voice-over workshop workshop in Los Angeles as well as weekend intensives throughout the US and Canada.
Bob’s voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Geico, Petsmart, Publix, Albertsons. His promo resume includes Disney Channel, NBC, FOXKids. He’s the imaging branding voice for radio stations throughout the US. Animated features include Tangled, TinkerBell, Spirited Away, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, Cars, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, Wall-E, to name a few. He voices Luke Skywalker for LucasArts interactive games, as well as all 3 Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. He’s supplied special vocal effects for dozens of films, including Gremlins, Army of Darkness, Dunsten Checks In, Fright Night 2, Honey, I Blew up the Kid, Santa Clause 2 & 3, He’s an Annie Award nominee for Porky Pig/Cadet in the Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers. In 2011 he stars as Porky Pig in Cartoon Network’s new series The Looney Tunes Show.
Bob has been an active member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1994, He’s a 2 time volunteer Big Brother, and was honored as the 2007 Jewish Big Brother of the Year.
J. Michael CollinsVoice Actor/Demo ProducerJMCvoiceover.com Bio
J. Michael CollinsVoice Actor/Demo Producer
JB BLANCVoice Director/Voice ActorIndependent Bio
JB BLANCVoice Director/Voice Actor
JB Blanc (Official Juror of the 2017
Voice Arts® Awards)
JB has been an actor and director for 25 years since graduating from London’s Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, working in all aspects of the business, including Motion Capture, Voice Acting, Film, Television, Radio and Theatre. He has worked on over 160 Video Game titles as Director and Actor including: Mafia III (Voice Director), XCOM 2 (Voice Director), Lego Dimensions (Voice Director), Game Of Thrones, Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Voice Director and Actor), Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham (Voice Director and Actor) Bane in Batman: Arkham Origins, 3 Uncharted games, Wildstar, Evolve, Elder Scrolls, Call Of Duty, Skylanders, Titanfall, Final Fantasy, Knack, Assassin’s Creed, Transformers, Saints’ Row IV, XCOM, Fuse, Metal Gear Rising, World Of Warcraft, Darksiders, Diablo III, Street Fighter and many more. His Animation work includes Dragons: Race To The Edge, Alfred in Beware The Batman, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers Assemble!, Turbo Fast, Scooby-Doo, Pickle And Peanut, The Regular Show, Trip Tank, Peter Rabbit and more. Film and TV work includes Arms And The Dudes, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Pirates Of The Carribean, Tristan And Isolde, Hulk, Masters Of Sex, The Brink, Breaking Bad, Shameless, CSI: NY, Burn Notice, Vegas, Nikita, Cold Case, The Unit, Prison Break, NYPD Blue and others.
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor/Host2-Time Voice Arts® Winner Bio
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor/Host
2-Time Voice Arts® Winner
One of the most versatile and prolific voice actors working today, Sylvia Villagran, a 2-time Voice Arts Award® Winner, is one of the top voices for TV network promos, live award shows, national commercial campaigns and narration.
Sylvia has broken the glass ceiling for women in promos for decades and currently lends her promo voice to NBC, CBS, TCM, the CW and the Disney Channel.
Sylvia is the voice for some of the most iconic award shows, including the Critics Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, Teen Choice Awards, AFI tributes, Writer’s Guild Awards and the historic 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Sylvia has also narrated Emmy Award winning and critically acclaimed shows on ABC TBS, TNT, AMC and E! Most recently narrating the historic TV bio of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.
Her national commercial campaigns include Samsung, Verizon, Colgate and Payless.
Sylvia also happens to do the same thing in Spanish.
JILL KERSHAWCEO/Casting DirectorSound & Fury Casting Bio
JILL KERSHAWCEO/Casting Director
Sound & Fury Casting
Jill Kershaw is a leading audio and voicecasting specialist with nearly 20 years experience directing and producing audio content for global advertising campaigns. After leaving Crispin Porter + Bogusky as the Director of Radio Production in 2009, she founded Sound and Fury as a way to unite her passion for storytelling, her keen ear for what resonates with consumers, and her ability to shape the success of a brand through the medium of sound. As a creative, she is inspired by the intersection of culture and ideation, and fueled by the belief that brands have the power to move us toward our better selves and the greater good. In addition to teaching voiceover workshops and serving as a panelist for the Radio Advertising Bureau, Jill has been a jury member for many prominent award shows including the Cannes Festival of Creativity, Clio Awards, London International Awards, One Show, Clear Channel Excellence in Advertising Awards, and Radio Mercury Awards. Outside of the recording studio, she is a certified yoga and instructor who devotes much of her time to non-profit organizations by developing volunteer opportunities for advertising and entertainment professionals.